Friday, September 30, 2011

Cat Street Market in Hong Kong

Don't be fooled by the name- Cat Street Market isn't a market of cats but a charming antique and gift market in the Sheung Wan district of Hong Kong. Cat Market is a treasure trove of discoveries. Everything from jade bracelets to beautifully carved wooden vanities to kitsch figurines of little Bhuddas and Chairman Mao watches. There are also lots of beautiful vintage advertisements for everything from skin care to cigarettes featuring drawings of Chinese women in traditional qipaos. I especially love all the chess sets and pocket watches for sale.
treasure hunting
exploring Cat Market

the pin was my favorite find 

An afternoon spent at the Sheung Wan Cat Street Market is definitely a good thing. 

ps cat fans don't despair- you can find plenty of cats in the more aptly named Fish, Bird, and Pet market in Mong Kok 

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Reading in the Sea

I am all for ebooks and epublishing and kindles and ipads. As great as those are though they can't compete with your favorite bedraggled paperback that has been everywhere with you and you can read anywhere. At the beach. In the tub. You can toss it in your pack when you are going hiking and not worried about the battery life or getting it scratched. One of my favorite places to read is in the ocean. I still have some paperbacks from my childhood that faintly smell like the ocean. Don't worry about getting the pages a little damp- they'll dry. Trust me- it is totally worth it. 

Where are some of your favorite places to read?

Utter Bliss- Tai Long Wan, Sai Kung

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Daily Good Thing Revamp

Why hello! Did you miss your Daily Good Thing? I know it has been a while...but things have been a little crazy over the past year or so. 

Quick Recap...
Last time I posted I had just moved to Atlanta and was looking for a job. And then I got one! I lived in an adorable tiny studio apartment right near the park and life was pretty good. 

 And then the most amazing, miraculous thing happened and I got the opportunity to live in my favorite city of all time - Hong Kong! Now I live in a teeny tiny apartment right in the middle of the city and it is amazing. 

Now that I'd achieved one dream I wanted to shoot for another one. So with the encouragement and support of some very good friends and family I picked up a writing project that I started several years ago. And I am so happy I did- I love it! It is still in the very early stages. It is hard to to write every day while working full time and having so many fun things to do in this amazing town but I write whenever I can. 

Now most of my free time is spent exploring my incredible city ,reading, researching the publishing industry, having adventures in and out of Hong Kong,  oh and eating, eating, eating. The food scene in Hong Kong is absolutely fantastic. 

My life is still full of daily good things- and I want to share them. The format is going to be a little different this time around. Previous DGT posts were a more vague- these are going to be more specific.  A lot of the posts will be Hong Kong/Asia related, more food, more books, and thoughts on writing. One of the best things about getting started on my WIP was discovering the awesome writing/reading community out there! I might not blog every single day but I'll do my best to do it frequently. 

So welcome to the new Daily Good Thing- full of tidbits on life in Hong Kong, books, food, writing, travel, and all sorts of fun stuff. Enjoy!

Hello world!
view of Stanley from the top of the Twin Peaks